Monthly Archives: July 2017


Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish and early California roots in a huge way every August during Old Spanish Days Fiesta, a five-day festival with dance and musical performances, a rodeo and mercados with delectable foods. … Murphy’s parents, Peter and Jennie, visited Santa Barbara in 1904 and became so enamored with the climate and setting that they decided to build a home in Montecito. (The second version of the home is now Kerrwood Hall at Westmont College.) more

College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 50 Best Christian Colleges

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Christian Colleges for 2017. Westmont is No. 14.

Four days of books, arts and hard talk

I had two things in mind en route Kaduna for KABAFEST, the maiden Kaduna Book and Art Festival. The first came naturally, being an art journalist, to write about it, meet as many creative minds as possible, and the second, to enjoy and learn from the discourse, bask in the exquisite art works I was certain awaited me and finally, meet my lifelong companions-books. … Another panel which was in Hausa and moderated by Carmen McCain, Assistant Professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Carlifornia USA, consisted of three veteran Hausa authors-Auwalu Anwar, Hafsat Ahmed Abdulwaheed and Balaraba Ramat Yakubu. more

Coroner Finds Paddleboarder Who Drowned in Santa Barbara Harbor Did Not Inflate Life Vest

The Westmont College graduate who drowned after falling off his paddleboard at the Santa Barbara Harbor earlier this year didn’t know how to swim, and did not inflate his belt-pack-style floatation device, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. more

SummerFest Theme: “Making Room at the Table” Three days of sacred hospitality

Come join us for SummerFest 2017, a relational weekend event sparking the synergy of spirit, intellect, and creativity with music, art, and some great speakers. This year’s theme is “Making Room at the Table: The Sacred Space of Hospitality.”  … A contributing editor at “Christianity Today” and “Leadership Journal,” Patterson has served as Campus Pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California for the past 16 years. He has authored several books and served in ministry at various churches since 1975. more

Davies Kabogoza Death Ruled an Accidental Drowning: Kabogoza Improperly Fastened His Belt-Pack Flotation Device, Coroner’s Report Says

The death of 30-year-old Davies Kabogoza, who fell into Santa Barbara Harbor while stand-up paddle boarding on April 29, has been ruled an accidental drowning, according to the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s report. Kabogoza did not know how to swim, and he had improperly fastened the belt-pack flotation device that was provided with the board rental from Santa Barbara Sailing Center, according to the report. Such flotation devices are worn around the waist, to be inflated with a pull cord in case of emergency. more

Farmbelly Cooking School’s Tasty Lessons: Michelle Aronson Teaches How to ‘Eat Like a Farmer’

Growing up, Farmbelly Cooking School creator Michelle Aronson did not know how to cook at all. You would never know that watching her gracefully mince garlic, sharpen knives, and whip up a vinaigrette, while joyfully welcoming guests to her gorgeous table complete with aprons for all, plus a spread of homemade snacks including romesco sauce, chopped veggies, and fresh bread. … She attended culinary school in Ireland and moved to Santa Barbara in 2013. Aronson is now the garden manager and sustainability coordinator for Dining Services at Westmont College and teaches Farmbelly cooking classes monthly at Municipal Winemakers, private classes in people’s homes, and for different organizations. more

College Update: Burbank’s Hurtado earns discus title

Andy Hurtado (Burbank High, 2014) Azusa Pacific track and field junior: The former Pacific League discus champion added a new title with the Cougars. … Prior to the NAIA Championships, perhaps Prystupa’s next biggest meet was the Golden State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Westmont College in Santa Barbara on April 28. There, Prystupa finished third with a mark of 10-11 3/4 (3.35 meters), tying her with Westmont’s Dana Bowers (took second due to attempts) while she only trailed Westmont’s Chena Underill (11-5 3/4, 3.50 meters). more

Vernon Mansell Visick: Minister, teacher, ethics expert, tireless organizer

Vernon Mansell Visick died peacefully in his sleep on June 18, 2017 in Ontario after a brief kidney infection. He was 78. … He attended public schools in California, started college at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane. more

Personnel File


Ten faculty members were honored recently with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service. Rebecca S. Beal, Ph.D., received the Excellence in Adapting Classic Principles of Jesuit Pedagogy into the Curriculum: The Magis Award. Beal, professor of English and theater, joined the faculty at Scranton in 1983. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Westmont College, her master’s degree at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas. more

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